Twelfth Annual

Virginia Governor’s Conference
on Agricultural Trade


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

8:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m.


10:10 a.m.

Opening Session - U.S. Agriculture: Trade and Domestic Policy Update

U.S. Agriculture: Trade and Domestic Policy Update

Stephen Censky, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture

10:45 a.m.

View from Economists: Economic Perspectives on Emerging Issues in Global Markets and Trade

Luke Chandler
Chief Economist, John Deere (confirmed)
Dhamu Thamodaran
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Commodity Hedging Officer Smithfield (confirmed)
Veronica Nigh
Economist, American Farm Bureau (invited)

12:00 p.m.

Lunch - Governor's Trade Progress and Priorities

The Honorable Ralph Northam
Governor of Virginia

1:30 p.m.

The Commodity Perspective

Stephanie Grunenfelder
Senior Vice President, American Peanut Council (confirmed)
Bryan Wiggins
Director of Market Research and Evaluation, National Cotton Council (confirmed)
Kent Bacus
Director of International Trade and Market Access, National Cattlemen's Beef Association (confirmed)

2:30 p.m.

Market and Trade Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

Robert Johansson
Chief Economist, USDA (confirmed)

3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 p.m.

The Global Economy and the Forest Products Industry
Don Bright
Meherrin River Forest Products and Virginia Board of Forestry
Scott Seyler
Northland Forest Products and Chairman, American Hardwood Export Council (USA)
Christopher Davidson
Director, Corporate Sustainability, WestRock 

4:30 p.m.

Indonesia – U.S. Agricultural Trade: An Emerging Market Perspective

Mr. Hari Edi Soekirno
Indonesian Agricultural Attaché

5:00 p.m.


5:30 p.m.

Reception at Executive Mansion